At some point, inevitably, Oklahoma State will win a Big 12 road game. The Cowboys' current conference road skid has reached 14 games, yet can't continue forever… right?
At some point this season, history suggests, Texas Tech will win a Big 12 Conference game – somewhere, anywhere. While the Red Raiders are winless through eight league contests, only two Big 12 teams (Baylor in '98-99 and Texas A&M in '03-04) have ever failed to win a conference game throughout the course of a season.
Some point has arrived, for one or the other.
Fittingly, the two dubious trends collide Tuesday night in Lubbock, where the Cowboys hope to win in an enemy arena for the first time since Feb. 17, 2010, at Iowa State. And Tech hopes to break through for its first Big 12 victory under coach Billy Gillispie.
Tip time is 7 p.m. inside United Spirit Arena.
For both teams, the opportunity seemingly couldn't be greater.
From a Cowboys perspective, they've already beaten Tech once, 67-59, back on Jan. 4 in the league opener at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Since then, the Red Raiders have fallen seven more times, to sit alone in last place in the Big 12 standings at 0-8.
And in four league losses at home, Tech has been no closer than 13 points.
“Yeah, they haven't won a Big 12 game yet,” said OSU guard Markel Brown, “but we've still got to treat it like it's a big game, like it's another Missouri-type game. We've got to go into their house humble and play hard and get a victory.”
From Tech's vantage point, the Red Raiders get a team that hasn't solved the conference road – not this season or last, when OSU went 0-8 on the Big 12 road.
Surely, road kill like the Cowboys has never looked so appetizing.
“They'll be hungry,” said OSU's Brian Williams. “So we've got to take their best shot and respond to it.”
Gillispie said his squad, heavy on newcomers, was well aware of the difficult task ahead when thrown together with a first-year coach.
“I think they knew what we were in for at the start of the season, especially at the start of the Big 12 season,” Gillispie said. “And I think you have to commend them for continuing to get better.”
And Gillispie said the Raiders are getting better, although the results might not show it.
“I think they're getting better dramatically,” he said, “they're just having a hard time winning against really good competition. But I'm really excited about the direction they're headed.”
Cowboys coach Travis Ford said he won't be mentioning the direction his team is headed, which is on the road.
“It's nothing we've ever brought up,” Ford said. “And I don't think it's something with our basketball team that would do any good. We don't need to worry about who we're playing, where we're playing. We don't need to worry about the score.
“We just need to worry about playing hard, executing, playing defense, rebounding. We have enough to worry about besides all that other stuff.”